The Particles, Voices

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December 15, 2011 | by Skope

The Particles, released their new nine-track album, “Voices,” this past October, but in little

over a month’s time, the London based band has received unprecedented notoriety from the

States as well as abroad. The band members define their genre as World Music – hard rock

infused with ancient Eastern instruments and three powerful vocals, led by Ash – also lead

songwriter – and his two female band mates, Nayla and Sabrina. The trio describes their

union as a “mystical alliance” — they each share an appreciation and desire to fuse the

ancient sounds of the East and the rawness of the West’s hard rock. “Voices” is the

successful result of their efforts and this vision.

 

The album commences with an explosion of hard rock guitar enhanced by Ancient Eastern

instruments – you can hear the distinct strumming of the Sitar, the subtle sound of the Nay

(an ancient flute), and the constant Def (ancient drum) holding beat until paired by the crisp

vocals of Nayla and Sabrina. Aptly titled, “Crusade,” this first track establishes the mood

constant throughout the album – it is soulful and yearning. The most popular track is

obviously “Taken Away,” which has become a viral sensation on the Internet and the music

video has been recognized at film festivals ranging from Toronto and London to Denver and

LA. Despite a supposedly low budget, the music video appears to be of superior quality  —

think Hollywood epics like 300 or Troy – and depicts the coarse voice of crusader Ash,

decked out in ancient warrior garb, struggling against the opposing mystic characters played

by Nayla and Sabrina.

At times, their sound is reminiscent of Evanescence but certainly not in terms of actual

narrative and execution. Their understanding of Eastern mythology and instrumentation

differentiates The Particles from others similar-sounding bands. Each track is a narrative and

each voice represents a character and in a sense, this album is their very journey – finding a

wholeness and cohesion of all “the particles” at the end of their crusade. “Voices” is an

album that is both new but nostalgic and I’m definitely interested to see what crusade this

power trio takes on next. Check out The Particles’ “Voices” for yourself at www.the-particles.com

By Marion Bradford

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Comments

  1. Auth says:

    your music should be plaeyd on car radios. I agree. We will be listening and enjoying it and thinking of you and how you are touching our lives with your services and your music.

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